Hanbury’s staff become Dementia Aware

Hanbury’s of Babbacombe is the latest local business to become dementia friendly thanks to Norman McNamara of the local awareness-raising group, Torbay Dementia Action Alliance (TDAA). Norman recently visited staff at Hanbury’s to try to raise awareness of dementia, its symptoms and how staff can be sensitive to those affected by it.

David Hanbury said “It was excellent to have Norman visit us. I know that dementia affects thousands of people and I am keen to ensure that Hanbury’s staff know more about it and how to help those who have to deal with it.” He added “I would recommend other businesses get involved with this project. The more aware we are of the issues affecting those around us, the more we can try to cater for them as best we can. We are in a service industry and it’s vital that our customers get the best care we are able to give them.”

Norman McNamara says “Becoming dementia aware couldn’t be easier. We have written a couple of documents which we give people to read. We answer any questions and provide any further information required and that’s it. It’s all very straightforward and we would be delighted to hear from any businesses that would be happy for us to come and chat to them.”

The TDAA then presents each business with its Purple Angel badge which is now a recognised symbol for dementia awareness and this service is available to all businesses, no matter how large or small. Businesses already signed up include Stagecoach and Tor2, as well as Hanbury’s and many others. For more information visit the website at www.tdaa.co.uk or to contact Norman direct e-mail norrms@gmail.com